WorldSkills - Skill Water Technology
WorldSkills Kazan 2019 - China and India for gold
The German wastewater professional Lukas Kohl has two medals in his luggage on his way back from the World Championship of Professions in Kazan. A medal of excellence because he achieved more than 700 out of a possible 1,000 points. And the "Sustainable Practice Award", which honours environmentally conscious work and the sustainable use of working materials. In the overall ranking, the 22-year-old finished fifth in his "Water Technology" skill. Gold went to China and India for almost equal points, bronze to Singapore.
"We are very proud of Lukas", says Rüdiger Heidebrecht, Head of the Department of Education and International Cooperation at the DWA and vehement advocate of the concept of lifelong learning. "Professional competitions promote the development of young people. It is not so important to be on the winner's podium in the end."
Heidebrecht had launched the idea of participating in professional skills in the wastewater industry, initially at national level and since 2013 also via WorldSkills International. The skill "Water Technology" took place this year for the first time as an official skill. Lukas Kohl, who works at Stadtentwässerung und Umweltanalytik Nürnberg, qualified for WorldSkills because last year he was the best at the DWA's Water Skill during the IFAT industrial and environmental trade fair in Munich and in the subsequent selection process. Good performances in national preliminary decisions precede participation in the World Championship of Professions.
In Russia, eleven nations took part in the "Water Technology" skill from 22 to 27 August 2019. A total of more than 1,350 young people from around 60 countries competed in 56 different disciplines. The German national team had 39 specialists with different professions from industry, trade and services on site. The German team finished 13th in the medal classification with two gold medals and one bronze medal as well as 20 other medals of excellence.